WordPress 3.1 is bundled with a lot of new features, taking it extra miles further. But as with any update, there are certain some shortcomings to this version of WordPress as well. After installing WordPress 3.1, a user may find a lot of new options right out of the box but also find some things missing. Like, if you are fond of adding excerpts to your blog posts, you’ll instantly miss the text box for adding excerpt in the post area. So what does that mean, has wordpress given away with the post excerpt option? Certainly not, Maybe, WordPress developers think that the Excerpt is used by fewer people and thus has hidden it by default.
To enable excerpt in WordPress 3.1 you will simply need to modify the screen options. Click on “Add New Post” from your Dashboard and click on “Screen Options” located at the upper right corner. This will show a handful of checkboxes that will toggle the modules on or off on the Posting Area. The checkbox for the post excerpt is unchecked by default. Put a tickmark on it and you’ll instantly see the textbox for adding excerpt. Other fields like “Featured Image”, “Send Trackbacks”, “Custom Fields”, “Discussion”, “Slug” and “Author” are also hidden by default. Simply tick the checkboxes and you’ll start seeing them right away on the Posting area.
The screen options vary for different sections within the Dashboard. For example, the screen options on the main Dashboard give you the option to show/hide widgets like “Quickpress”, “recent drafts” etc.